New Year, New You: 3 Beauty Tricks to Amp Up Your Look

While I’m all for resolutions, taking on too many can end in disaster. So, this year, I’m starting with a few small and simple beauty changes that make a big impact. Check them out below.

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January 1, 2014

Don’t Drop the Ball: NYE Makeup That Lasts

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be ringing in the New Year on the dance floor. Which means you’ll need a look that can withstand a bit of sweat (glisten, that is). To help put your best face forward this New Year’s Eve, check out the tips below for a makeup look that will actually stay put past midnight.

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December 26, 2013

Say Goodbye to Chapped Lips: 3 At-Home Remedies

Fact: You lose moisture through your lips ten times faster than anywhere else on your body. Top that off with dry winter weather, and you’re left with a serious case of chapped lips. Well, pout no more. With these DIY solutions, you’ll be puckering up in comfort all season long.

Home Remedies for Chapped Lips

Exfoliate
Gently brush lips with a toothbrush, then mix a small solution of half honey and half olive oil. Pat the mixture on your lips, let it sit for a few minutes, and wash off with a damp towel. Voilà – chapped lips, be gone.

Soothe
This one is simple: wet a green tea bag with warm water and apply to lips for five minutes. The tannins in the green tea will help ease the harsh winter burn.

Enhance
Grab a few rose petals from your garden (or, if you’re like me and lack a green thumb, from the store). Wash the petals with water and soak in milk for a few hours. Mash them until they form a thick paste, then apply two to three times a day. Not only will this soothe lips, it’ll also bring out their natural pink color.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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December 4, 2013

The Faux Bob: A Hairstyle to Be Thankful For

Take a breather – doing your hair for Thanksgiving tomorrow is going to be a whole lot easier than baking that apple pie was. Unconvinced? Check out this quick step-by-step tutorial for a faux bob. On-trend and low-maintenance (so you can worry about the turkey instead of flyaways), it’s one hairstyle you can give thanks for.

How to Style Hair – Faux Bob

Step 1: Create a loose curl on your hair’s top layer with a 1.5” curling iron.

Step 2: Slightly tease the back crown of your hair for added volume.

Step 3: Create a loose braid, allowing shorter pieces to fall out naturally. If needed, touch them up with the curling iron.

Step 4: Roll the braid and tuck it under the nape of your neck. Use bobby pins to secure and spritz with hairspray.

See? Easy.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Staff Writer 

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November 27, 2013

Naughty & Nice: 2 Makeup Looks for the Holiday Party Circuit

RSVP “yes” to all those holiday party invitations you have rolling in. With these stress-free looks, you’ll be ready for every festive fete and family soiree. ‘Tis the season to look beautiful, after all.

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November 20, 2013

Bold Moves: Bright Lipstick for Every Skin Tone

Bright lipstick made a big impression on the Spring 2014 runways. The key to rocking the look? Choosing a color to complement your complexion.

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November 13, 2013

The Moisturizer Guide: From SPFs to DD Creams

You’re not the only one confused by the endless cream and moisturizer options out there this fall. BB. CC. DD. (Do they remind anyone else of bra sizes? Maybe it’s just us.) Here, a rundown of everything you need to know about the season’s top hydrators.

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November 6, 2013

How to Rock Black Lipstick – Just Like Nikia Phoenix

The last time you saw black lipstick was on angsty teenage mall rats. But since Fashion Week, the look has been a lot less goth and a lot more chic. (For proof, see model and blogger Nikia Phoenix.)

Lucky for you, this costume-clad week brings endless Halloween soirees to try it out. But that’s only the test run. Swap the costume for your favorite GNO outfit and follow these simple, foolproof rules to wear this bold look on the weekend.

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October 30, 2013

So, You Overslept: 3 Steps for Quick & Easy Hair

You turned your alarm off instead of hitting the snooze button – we’ve all been there. And now you have mere minutes to pull yourself together and head out the door. Luckily, you planned out your outfit the night before (smart thinking). But what about your hair?

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October 16, 2013

Behind the Scenes We Go: Backstage Beauty at SKINGRAFT

Sure, clothes are the big draw at New York Fashion Week (both in and out of the tents) – but without the right hair and makeup, a look just wouldn’t be complete. Take SKINGRAFT’s show, for example. The models’ minimalist makeup and wet, tousled hair really drove home the line’s edgy yet sporty aesthetic. To see how it all came together, I went backstage to talk to the artists behind the beauty.

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September 12, 2013